Doctor Who: Reece Shearsmith to play Patrick Troughton in An Adventure In Space And Time

News Louisa Mellor
18 Feb 2013 - 08:07

Mark Gatiss' The League of Gentleman chum, Reece Shearsmith, is to play the Second Doctor in anniversary docudrama...

The lucky swines at the Radio Times have broken another exclusive for Mark Gatiss' forthcoming An Adventure in Space and Time, revealing this morning that the man behind the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, is to be played by regular Gatiss collaborator, Reece Shearsmith.

Gatiss told the magazine: “I first asked Reece about twelve years ago when I started thinking about this project. We were in the midst of The League of Gentlemen and I just remember thinking, if anyone plays Patrick Troughton, it should be Reece. Like the second Doctor, he’s small, saturnine and a comic genius. The complete package. He thought it was a fantastic idea and I’ve kind of nurtured it all this time."

Somewhat surprisingly, Shearsmith is yet to appear in an episode of Doctor Who proper, though Gatiss describes him as being "lightly dipped" in the serial over the years: "Reece has a funny relationship with Doctor Who – mostly to do with impressions of the Borad from Timelash! He and a friend were obsessed with season twenty-two. One of my earliest memories of Reece is him going, ‘I am the Borad!’ He’ll do the whole of Timelash at the drop of a hat. Which is a strange qualification. He’s not steeped in Doctor Who like I am, but has been lightly dipped over the years. I know he’s delighted to be a part of An Adventure in Space and Time.” 

Radio Times

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